Do you spend more time in trying to choose shows and movies than actually watching them? Don't worry, RJ Stutee is here with her recommendations for the week. This week, she talks about Red Notice, Special Ops 1.5, The Shrink Next Door, Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings and Kanakam Kamini Kalaham among other projects.
The competition between the various OTT platforms to lay claim over our time and get us hooked to their shows only means there is just so much great content on offer for us. Here is a curated list of all that you can watch this week:
1. Red Notice
Red Notice is said to be Netflix’s most expensive film of all times. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds, it is an action heist thriller written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Interpol issues a red notice alert to hunt and capture the world’s most wanted. Johnson is the FBI’s top profiler while Gadot is the world's most wanted art thief Sarah Black, and Reynolds is the world's greatest con-artist Nolan Booth. Hartley and Booth team up to take down Sarah. With the Skyscraper director helming the project expect a lot of high action, good ol’ buddy cop fun and witty repartees in this 117 min runtime.
2. Special Ops 1.5
Kay Kay Menon’s briliance is no secret and after all the love that Special Ops received it makes perfect sense for creator Neeraj Pandey to give us a mini series that revolves around its central hero. Special Ops 1.5 can be called a prequel to the events we are familiar with so far. This season of the show examines the origin story of Menon’s Himmat Singh and how he came up in the intelligence agency R&AW. As the series opens we see Himmat’s most trusted aid Abbas Sheikh (Vinay Pathak) being summond by auditors to evaluate Himmat Singh’s career.
Aftab Shivdasani, Aadil Khan among others are new to the Special Ops universe. Vinay Pathak, Gautami Kapoor, Parmeet Sethi, and K.P. Mukherjee return to reprise their respective roles.
We are transported back in time to the day of the 2001 Parliament attack, as well as Himmat’s theory of what happened. Helmed by Neeraj Pandey and Shivam Nair, this four-part espionage thriller delves deeper into Himmat Singh’s past and what are the events that made him who he is today. Watch it on Disney+ Hotstar.
3. The Shrink Next Door
Based on the podcast of the same name that in turn was based on real-life events, Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell star in this eight-part miniseries about a popular psychiatrist (Rudd) and his long-term patient (Ferrell). Over the course of several years their relationship morphs into a dysfunctional and manipulative association. Kathryn Hahn and Casey Wilson are also part of brilliant ensemble. An interesting dark comedy by Michael Showalter its layered and nuanced and draws us into its fold completely. The first 3 episodes are out on AppleTV + and the next episodes will debut every subsequent week.
4. Shang Chi And The Legend Of The 10 Rings
An unassuming valet, Shang Chi is forced to confront his past after being drawn into the mysterious and dangerous 10 rings organisation. It’s a film that is easy to fall in love with. Pacy and with the best fight choreography we have seen in a long long time it aquaints us with the 10 rings and the power associated with each one of them soon enough. Then its all about being dazzled by Simu Liu’s charismatic portrayal of Shang Chi and some amazing Kung Fu that we witness. Awkwafina and Simu Liu anchor the film beautifully and if yiu missed the theatrical release then stream the film on Disney+ Hotstar.
5. Kanakam Kamini Kalaham
The film, directed by Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval marks the first direct-to-digital Malayalam release for Disney+ Hotstar.
The name 'Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham' means Wealth, Women And War and that’s what it revolves around. Former serial actress Haripriya,(Grace Antony), is unhappy stuck in an unromantic marriage with junior artiste and acting school instructor Pavithran (Nivin Pauly). Persuaded to save his marriage, Pavithran is forced to resort to a plan where he gifts Haripriya gold plated earrings. However we soon realise that his problems are far from over. Things take a turn for the worse when her brother seeks financial help and convinces her to mortgage her earrings. Upon learning this, an anxious Pavithran plans a sudden 3-day trip to Munnar, where he manages to hide the accessory in a hotel. The more he tries to control the situation the more things spin out of control and the humour quotient keeps the proceedings bouyant. Nivin Pauly and Grace Antony have easy chemistry that can charm us enough to stay hooked till the end.